Young cyclists get wheels in motion on Kerrera

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The inaugural Kerrera Kids Bike Event, hosted by Isle of Kerrera Development Trust, was a huge success with organisers delighted to see so many happy youngsters impressing everyone with their bike skills.

Aideen Shields, project co-ordinator for the development trust, was thrilled the event could finally go ahead after it was delayed due to Covid. She said: ‘We had this dream to hold a kids’ bike event almost two years ago, so it’s such a good feeling to finally see it taking place. It was such a resounding success, plans are already afoot for another event next year.

‘We couldn’t have done it without the help of our island and mainland friends. The support has been wonderful.’

Aideen also thanked Tamas Kris-Karaly, the local young bike club leader, who volunteered to set up the courses, with three skill levels.

Held on fields belonging to Balliemore Farm, a black course for experienced riders featured jumps and steep downhills and while most riders were aged nine to 12 years on this course, special mention must be made to the talented five-year-old who amazed everyone present.

The blue course riders were also skilled and their confidence and determination was incredible to see. For the under fives, there was a balance bike course and all the wee ones were excellent.

Kerrera Tea Garden served up a delicious lunch in the Old School and all competitors received a medal at a prizegiving ceremony with a special guest – pro-mountain biker Lee Craigie, director of the Adventure Syndicate, who is now the Active Nation Commissioner for Scotland and official representative of walking, cycling and physical activity across the nation.

‘We were delighted to have her support,’ said Aideen.

Some special awards were given out for best times on the courses, along with sportsmanship and good vibes. Thanks also went to Oban Cycles, for donating vouchers for prizes and the 20 generous folk who volunteered their time to run the event.

‘Special mention to Tom and Kirsty Kennedy as our trained first aiders, who thankfully had not one injury to deal with,’ added Aideen.

‘This was a real collaborative effort with help and support from organisations and businesses including Adventure Oban, North Argyll Cycle Club, Balliemore Farm, Durty Events, who provided signs, and Oban Cycles.

The event was made possible due to the Argyll and Bute Supporting Communities Fund.

Adventure Oban is running the RideOban Weekender from October 29-31. Visit www.adventureoban.org/weekender for more information.